Premier League Table 2013 Week 18: Updated Look After Sunday's Action

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18:  Tim Sherwood interim manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Capital One Cup Quarter-Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at White Hart Lane on December 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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The Premier League saves its best for last in Week 17. Arsenal will host Chelsea on Monday, Dec. 23 to bring a close to the week and determine which team will enter Week 18 with the EPL lead. 

With Liverpool taking out Cardiff City, 3-1, at home on Saturday, the Reds have seized the league's top spot with 36 points. With only the Blues and Gunners left to play this week, that gives them a one-point lead over Manchester City and Arsenal. 

Take a look at the table and the week's results and then I'll offer up a look at Sunday's action: 

EPL Table on Dec. 22
POSCLUBPWDLGFGAGDPTS
1Liverpool17113342192336
2Manchester City17112451203135
3Arsenal16112333171635
4Everton1797129161334
5Chelsea16103332181433
6Newcastle United179352422230
7Tottenham Hotspur179351823-530
8Manchester United178452820828
9Southampton176652218424
10Stoke City175661721-421
11Swansea City175572323020
12Hull City175571420-620
13Aston Villa175481723-619
14Norwich City175481529-1419
15Cardiff City174581325-1217
16West Bromwich Albion173771823-516
17West Ham United173591422-814
18Crystal Palace1741121127-1613
19Fulham1741121734-1713
20Sunderland1724111230-1810
Source: PremierLeague.com
EPL Week 17 Results
DateHome ClubScoreRoad Club
Dec. 21Liverpool3-1Cardiff
Dec. 21Crystal Palace0-3Newcastle
Dec. 21Fulham2-4Manchester City
Dec. 21Manchester United3-1West Ham
Dec. 21Stoke2-1Aston Villa
Dec. 21Sunderland0-0Norwich
Dec. 21West Brom1-1Hull
Dec. 22Southampton2-3Tottenham
Dec. 22Swansea City1-2Everton
Source: ESPN

 

Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22:  Emmanuel  Adebayor (2nd L) of Spurs celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 22,
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In his Premier League debut, Tim Sherwood made a strong impression on Sunday as Tottenham manager after the sudden sacking of Andre Villas-Boas. 

The last time the Hotspur took the pitch in league action, they were humiliated 5-0 at home by Liverpool. That would be the last time AVB took the pitch for the Hotspur. 

Tottenham didn't let the whirlwind of events slow them down. 

Emmanuel Adebayor was a big reason why. The 29-year-old picked up a brace en route to his team's 3-2 victory. After Southampton's Adam Lallana netted the match's first goal, Adebayor leveled it with a score in the 25th minute. 

After a five-minute stretch in the second saw the two teams trade goals, the match was locked at two in the 59th minute. 

Just six minutes later, Adebayor victimized Southampton's injury-riddled back line with a close-range score to give Tottenham a lead that stood until the final whistle. 

After having fallen out of favor with Villas-Boas, Adebayor could be in for a goal-scoring binge. Now the interim manager is left hoping that some certainty is soon added to the Tottenham manager's spot: 

Sherwood made a strong case for his candidacy on Sunday.

 

Swansea City 1-2 Everton

SWANSEA, WALES - DECEMBER 22:  (L-R) Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates with teammate Seamus Coleman following their team's 2-1 victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Everton at the Liberty Stadium on December 22, 2013 i
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Everton have surged into fourth in the EPL table. After their 2-1 away win over Swansea City on Saturday, Everton still haven't dropped a match since Oct. 5. 

In this one, they also scored all the goals. 

An own goal from Bryan Oviedo in the 70th minute marked the only time Swansea was able to get on the scoreboard in this match. Tim Howard turned in yet another excellent day in goal, and wound up with three saves: 

After Seamus Coleman netted the match's first goal in the 66th minute, that tied the score at one. 

In the 84th minute, Ross Barkley took a free-kick, and he drilled it. The shot nicked the crossbar and slid to the back of the net for the game winner. 

For Barkley, it was a continuation of his recent excellent stretch of play. 

With the disappointing home loss, Swansea is stuck in 11th.